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The Inside Scoop: Habitat Cafe in Rabun County 

Sometimes I get weirded out when Facebook shows me an ad for something I had only thought about ordering — but other times, the social media algorithm reads my mind in the best way possible. Shortly after our anniversary stay at Love and Purrs Sanctuary, Facebook showed me information about the grand opening of a cat cafe in Clayton. Last weekend, Nick and I finally got the chance to visit… and it was better than I could have imagined. 

After grabbing a delicious lunch, we stepped into the Habicat Cafe located at 613 US-441 Clayton, GA 30525. I had a perfectly brewed hazelnut coffee and Nick browsed their selection of cold brew items in the fridge. The beverage counter was just a few steps beyond the eclectically decorated lounge area that featured comfy seating options — including a hammock swing! The lounge is angled toward large windows to view the cats, who were scaling the ladders and lounging in the cat-tree forests. So if you are looking for just a cup of coffee and a snack with a view, this option is perfect for you. 

We, of course, were there for the main attraction, the Habicat Lounge, so after signing a quick waiver, paying a small entry fee, and getting our drinks, we ventured into the Habicat Lounge and were instantly greeted by joyful meows anxiously awaiting head scratches. The cat’s area is specially designed with comfort in mind for both cats and people, with floor seating and benches throughout the space.  With the two HEPA air purifiers always running, the air was fresh and practically odor-free.  

We got the chance to play with 10 cats, all of whom come from Rabun Paws 4 Life.  Habicat Cafe serves as a foster and is able to house and care for up to 12 cats at a time for Rabun Paws 4 Life. Each kitty is microchipped, vaccinated, on preventative medication, and has been spayed or neutered and all of the cats at the cafe are adoptable! 

I perched up on a pillow and quickly had a full lap of sleepy cats while Nick entertained the younger kitties by playing with the assortment of cat toys available to visitors.  

 The Habicat Cafe includes two options for visits, one hour ($15) or thirty minutes ($8), walk-ins are welcome, which was fortunate for us since that is what we did, but reservations are encouraged as they limit the number of visitors to the cats as to not overwhelm them. If you are looking to love on the kitties on a budget, they host Wonder Wednesdays which includes half off entry and a loyalty program for frequent flyers to earn free visits.

 The cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 




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